I’ve received a lot of emails asking about shadow people.
The questions surprised me. I don’t watch many ghost-related TV shows, so I hadn’t realized that “shadow people” were trending.
Also, shadowy figures used to be so rare, I’d never given them a label. They were just a fleeting dark something-or-other, sometimes seen out of the corner of my eye.
Frankly, we see a lot of weird things at haunted places. A brief, moving shadow or two…? Not so unusual.
The first time I heard the phrase “shadow people,” I think Grant Wilson used it. Oh, I knew what he was talking about, but — at that point — I had no idea that a lot of people were seeing them.
Since then, it seems as if many more people are seeing shadowy figures. Or, maybe some entities aren’t as reticent as they used to be.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve seen many shadow people in TV show footage.
I’ve also taken a photo of one, in a weirdly haunted private residence in Laconia, NH.
That picture is shown, at right. The shadow from the hat looked like something from the Colonial era, or very early 19th century.
The figure moved like a person. And then, it walked away, moving towards the wall at the far end of the basement.
(We checked everything to see if a normal shadow could explain it. We found nothing.)
Are they dangerous?
A couple of years ago, I turned on a ghost-related TV show. On it, I heard the star declare that shadow people are killers. She insisted they’re extremely dangerous.
At this point, it’s irresponsible to tell homeowners that shadows in their homes might kill them. (In Dr. Who episodes, maybe. In really life? No.)
If a shadow person has ever killed someone, I haven’t heard about it.
Likewise, shadow people don’t have features. It might feel as if they’re looking at you.
Being certain of that…? Nearly impossible. It’s just the outline of a body. You can’t see its face.
I have seen the Ghost Hunters’ episode where a shadow person seemed to peek out from behind something. We can assume the shadow was looking in the direction of the investigators, but we can’t be certain of that.
Shadow people look like shadows. While you can find a lot of speculation about what they are (and aren’t), we really don’t know.
Ghosts or something else?
They might be ghosts that manifest as shadows. Maybe they’re not able to create EMF spikes or generate EVP, and they can’t rap on tables, but they can create shadows.
I doubt that anyone knows with certainty.
Shadow people may be something entirely different than ghosts. They’re simply other kinds of beings.
At this point, anything is possible. Shadow people may be fearful apparitions, trying to hide from us.
Shadow people might be minions of demonic entities.
Then again, shadow people might be aliens in a form we didn’t expect.
One of my experiences might indicate an alien element. (Or, it may have no connection to shadow people.)
Dark portal to the night sky?
Around 2009, my husband and I were driving from New Hampshire to Dragon Con. It was nighttime. The sky was fairly dark and a little cloudy.
Driving south on I-95, we saw an odd column of darkness on the left side of the road. It seemed to be in back of a stand of trees, and about 100 yards from the shoulder of the highway. It was the same kind of column created by a searchlight, but it was darker than the sky, not lighter.
In that rural area, there were no spotlights or searchlights to create an illusion with contrast. (At the time, we didn’t realize it was an anomaly. I asked a few scientists at Dragon Con what might have caused it, and they said nothing like that was possible.)
Since then, we’ve never seen it or anything like it.
With the increasing reports of shadow people, was that column some sort of conduit for them? I haven’t a clue and it may have nothing to do with shadow people. It’s just an idle thought I wanted to share.
In terms of shadow people being evil, malicious, or demonic, I’m skeptical.
The shadow person I photographed (the interior photo, above) was about 30 or 40 feet from me, and I sensed nothing at all from him. He was just there.
His form didn’t seem to be sucking up light, like some sort of energy vampire. He wasn’t menacing or cowering or sending evil death-ray energy at at me.
He was just a shadow.
Just in case…
Until we know more about shadow people, keep your distance. That’s just a precaution. So far, I haven’t seen or heard credible reports to suggest they’re dangerous.
Whatever they are, I don’t think they’re ghosts, but I may be wrong. It’s fine to make note of them. Other than that, I’d keep the study of shadow people distinct from ghost investigations.